Producing Uniform Color

The Pantone Matching System (PMS) was developed as a reference for selecting, specifying, matching and mixing ink colors. Each swatch in the Pantone system is identified by a PMS number and includes a formula that shows how it can be mixed from the 8 basic Pantone colors. Printing ink is now available to match these basic Pantone colors so that a printer can follow the ‘recipe’ and produce the exact color specified.

They system revolutionized the graphic arts industry and allows one to get consistent results from different printers. It is now common for a business to specify the Pantone color number to be used for its logo. Even governments have used Pantone numbers to specify the colors of their flag.

image of pantone color guide
Image from exhibit of a Pantone color guide